Tennis Community React as Carla Suarez Navarro Bids Farewell to Wimbledon Championships 2021 After Ashleigh Barty Defeat

Published 06/29/2021, 11:54 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain plays a backhand in her Ladies’ Singles fourth round match against Serena Williams of the United States during Day Seven of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)


Carla Suarez Navarro was battling in the women’s singles first round match against top seed Ashleigh Barty. After going down in the first set and starting to look defeated in the second, Carla put in a commendable fight against the World No.1, forcing a third set. Ultimately, she lost the match, going down in the third but not before enthralling tennis fans, resulting in Twitter exploding with praise and awe for the Spaniard.

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The top tweets have come from John Millman, as he suggested that the Spaniard is the “toughest” person competing in the Championship. Carla, 32, is making a comeback at the Wimbledon Championships after having to take a break from the sport due to her battle with cancer. Her mother too was watching with pride, clicking pictures of her daughter to immortalize these moments.

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Carla Suarez loses to Ashleigh Barty, after putting up a brave fight

Carla Suarez Navarro showed the world that age and a hard-fought battle with cancer could not stop her from putting up a fight at Wimbledon. The Aussie certainly dominated the game, winning 6-1, 6-7, 6-1; however, it was the effort that the 32-year-old put into the match that inspired many.

It was a match that threw up a few surprises, as Carla got a set against the World No.1. However, Barty still proved too strong overall. All the statistics at the end of the match were in Barty’s favor but Carla impressed with her second serve points, winning 70% of them.

Carla’s efforts not in vain as Twitter reacts to the inspirational fight

Getting praises from all over the world is a sign of sportsmanship and solidarity amongst the athletes. Last week, Charles Leclerc received applause for his comeback during the Styrian Grand Prix, even though he did not get a podium finish. The same was true of Carla Suarez.

Darren Cahill, Simona Halep’s coach, has praised the Spaniard for her efforts during the game. He has lauded the comeback by the Spaniard after battling against cancer.

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Carla’s comeback in Tennis after Cancer

Carla was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer arising from the white blood cells. She’d revealed the news about her cancer treatment in September since playing in Doha last February. Carla made her comeback this year, at the Roland Garros this year.

With the thought of retiring at the end of 2020, Carla made a brave decision of continuing for another year. She was given the green signal to continue and made immense efforts in her preparations. Alas, this was the last time the Spaniard played at the grass Major, but she sure bid adieu with style.

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